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York University: The Latest Architecture and News

Perkins + Will's Prismatic Facade Scheme Wins Competition for York University Building in Toronto

Perkins+Will’s triangulated facade scheme has won an international competition for the design of the new School of Continuing Studies at York University’s Keele campus outside of Toronto, Canada.

Beating out proposals from top firms, including finalists HOK andGow Hastings Architects with Henning Larsen, Perkins+Will’s design twists as it rises, both reacting to solar optimization studies and opening up the building to create a new gateway at the campus’ southeast entrance.

The School of Continuing Studies will frame an architectural gateway at the South edge of the Campus. Image Courtesy of Perkins + WillThe School of Continuing Studies will include a new pedestrian plaza along Pond Road. Image Courtesy of Perkins + WillThe School of Continuing Studies is exploring the use of mass timber to create durable, healthy, and inviting environments for students. Image Courtesy of Perkins + WillThe School of Continuing Studies will feature interconnected lounge spaces that support communities of learning. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will+ 4

Levitt Goodman Architects selected to design new “Learning Commons”

York University has selected Levitt Goodman Architects to develop detailed designs for its competition-winning design for a 26,390 ft2 renovation of York University’s main library on its Keele campus. The “Learning Commons” will provide users with a mix of group study areas that will shift York University’s 40-year old Scott Library into a progressive learning environment.

The $2M renovation will be the first initiative on the campus specifically designed to reflect York’s pedagogical shift from a teacher-centered approach to active and collaborative learning. More images and description after the break.